Biden likely infected with BA.5 subvariant

Biden likely infected with BA.5 subvariant


US President Joe Biden, who tested positive for COVID on Thursday, is getting better and is tolerating his treatment well, his personal physician said in a letter released by the White House on Saturday. 

“His symptoms continue to improve,” wrote Dr. Kevin O'Connor, who had already claimed the day before that the president was doing better.

Mr. Biden, 79, still suffers from a sore throat, cough, muscle aches and has a runny nose.

The Democrat, who received a full COVID-19 vaccination , is being treated with paxlovid, an anti-COVID pill from Pfizer.

He “continues to tolerate treatment well,” his doctor said.

This antiviral drug works by decreasing the ability of the virus to replicate, thereby halting the progression of the disease.

It is recommended in the United States for people at risk of developing a severe case of the disease, a category in which the American president enters due to his age.

The president was likely infected with Omicron's BA.5 subvariant, Kevin O'Connor added.

Highly contagious, this variant is dominant in the country, where it accounts for about 80% of cases.